This is a national youth preparedness program offered in Red Cross regions across the country. The 40-60 minute presentation provides emergency preparedness education to youth in grades 3-5 (ages 8-11) in school classrooms and other settings. Numerous tools have been developed for this program including a standardized curriculum, workbook, quizzes and activities which have been carefully constructed with the help of curriculum and hazard experts. Many tools for presenters have been developed to foster consistency and fidelity to the program goals and objectives. The highly interactive presentation addresses home fire safety, a local natural hazard, psycho-social coping skills and household preparedness steps like making a plan and a kit.
- Conduct The Pillowcase Project presentations given to youth in schools and out of school/community settings
- Successfully complete the Basic Instructor Fundamentals (BIF) (60-75 minute on line course)
- Successfully complete The Pillowcase Project Training Part 1 (the web-based or instructor led course) (60-90 minute course)
- Successfully complete The Pillowcase Project Training Part 2 (in person teach backs) (Note: this is at a minimum a 4 hour training experience
- May assist with community outreach to schedule presentations at sites. (this is optional)
- May assist in reaching key groups within the region, such as support to military families, as risk youth, etc. (this is optional)
- May mentor new presenters to help the region build a team of experienced youth preparedness presenters. (this is optional)
- Work as a team with the regional Pillowcase Program Manager and other volunteers and employees to build The Pillowcase Project in the region.
- Ensure all reporting data for each presentation given is collected and given to regional staff in a timely manner.
- Other duties as agreed to between the presenter and The Pillowcase Project Regional Manager.
- Willingness to support the American Red Cross Mission and Principles
- Comfort with presenting an interactive curriculum to youth ages 8-11 in school and after school settings.
- Well versed in emergency preparedness, including protective actions;
- Willingness to teach new ideas and concepts, such as coping skills;
- Strong organizational skills and ability to follow through;
- Excellent communication skills, including public speaking;
- Engaging and dynamic personality;
- Reliable, punctual, good time management skills;
- Ability to complete reports and follow-up calls in a timely manner;
- Ability to problem solve and be flexible in the field;
- Daytime and/or weekend availability desired;
- Ability to arrange transportation to the Red Cross office to pick up materials, and to event location.
- Expand leadership and management skills
- Networking opportunities and chances to engage with community partners
- Build public speaking and presentation skills
- Orientation to the American Red Cross
- Disaster Services: An Overview
- Preparedness Education Orientation training
- Pillowcase Project presenter training (including teachbacks)
- Shadowing presentations with experienced presenters
- Recommended: Psychological First Aid
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